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Calipari Says Charity Work Is Part Of His Job

Ask anyone outside the state of Kentucky (anyone not named Vitale) about John Calipari and you’re likely to hear some pretty negative remarks.  Cheating will no doubt come up… even though the coach has never once been accused of any wrongdoing by the NCAA.

But lost in the hubbub surrounding Coach Cal’s recruiting methods is the fact that he has done an awful lot of good in the communities in which he’s lived.  Calipari was a charity force in Memphis and he’s now becoming much the same in Lexington.  And don’t forget the Haitian relief telethon that he helped to organize last year.

UK’s coach flat sees charity work as being part of his job:


“If you want to cheat that position (of coach), you sit in there and watch basketball tapes.  I understand what my job is here: coach basketball.  But I think I cheat that position if that’s all I think about all day.”


Calipari made those comments yesterday while announcing plans to launch a new charity venture designed to teach Kentucky youths how to handle their money.  The project is called “Vault: Understanding Money” and it targets kids in grades four through six.

Why wasn’t this program geared toward high school students?  “They’ll say I’m doing it for recruiting,” Calipari said.

Say what you will about his ethics, but UK’s coach is nothing if not community-involved.

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